Kohl's same-store sales increase, shares rise

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(Reuters) - Department store chain Kohl's Corp (KSS.N: Quote) reported a rise in quarterly comparable-store sales, boosting its shares, after downbeat sales reports from Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N: Quote) and Macy's Inc (M.N: Quote) raised fears of a slowdown in consumer spending.

Shares of Kohl's, which caters to price-sensitive middle-class shoppers, rose 6 percent in early trading.

The S&P 500 Department Stores Index .SPLRCRETD closed down 2.2 percent on Wednesday, after Macy's reported an unexpected decline in sales saying consumers hesitated to spend on non-essential items in a weak economy.

Discount chain Wal-Mart also reported a fall in comparable store sales on Thursday.

"There was a lot of relief their (Kohl's) comparable sales rose after yesterday's poor numbers from Macy's and earlier warnings from Aeropostale ARO.N and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO.N: Quote)," Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough said.

Teen-apparel retailers Aeropostale and American Eagle earlier this month dressed down their profit outlooks, citing weak sales and margins.

Second-quarter same-store sales at Kohl's rose 0.9 percent but fell short of the average analyst estimate of a rise of 1.1 percent, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Overall sales rose 2 percent to $4.29 billion, in line with analysts' estimates.

The company's shares were up 5 percent at $53.50 on the New York Stock Exchange.   Continued...

The sign outside the Kohl's store in Westminster, Colorado August 14, 2008. REUTERS/Rick Wilking